The Case of Chelsea Manning (31c3 Presentation)

A discussion with U.S. Army private Chelsea Manning's attorneys Nanny Hollander, Ahmed Ghappour, and Chase Strangio. Moderated by journalist Alexa O'Brien.

In the Summer of 2013, Manning was convicted under the Espionage and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts and sentenced to 35 years in prison for disclosing battlefield reports from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo prison camp detainee profiles, and U.S. diplomatic correspondence. She currently is imprisoned at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture ruled Manning' pre-trial treatment at Quantico Brig was cruel and unusual. She is now suing the Department of Defense to provide adequate medical care for her gender dysphoria, which she was diagnosed with before her arrest by a U.S. Army mental health provider.

Manning is now appealing her conviction in the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

This discussion will explain Manning's current situation and law suits.

Alexa O'Brien Alexa O'Brien conducts research and analysis about national security and law enforcement. Her work has been published in The New York Times, VICE News, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian (UK), The Daily Beast, NY Daily News, and featured on the BBC, PBS, NPR, Democracy Now!, and Public Radio International. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the United Kingdom and listed in The Verge 50. In 2016, she worked at The Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. as a staff researcher and writer on an independent commission studying Oklahoma's death penalty. She also provided research support to scholars of the first cost study conducted on that state's capital punishment system. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, majoring in Political Science. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Applied Intelligence at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She resides in New York City.